Outstanding Young Scientist Awards for Andre Niemeijer and Suzanne Hangx

Earth Sciences postdoc André Niemeijer, and former Earth Sciences PhD student Suzanne Hangx, now at Shell Global Solutions International, are both to receive Division Outstanding Young Scientist Awards from the European Geosciences Union (EGU). The awards will be presented at the 2012 EGU General Assembly meeting in Vienna in April next year. 

Earthquake simulation

André is presently working in the department’s High Pressure and Temperature (HPT) lab on laboratory simulation of the earthquake cycle on continental faults in the context of an NWO Veni grant. His EGU award is to be presented by the Division of Tectonics and Structural Geology for his outstanding work on the effects of chemical processes and internal structure on fault mechanical properties. 

CO2 sequestration

Suzanne completed her PhD at the HPT Lab in 2009, joining Shell Global Solutions International (Rijswijk) in January 2010, where she works as researcher in geomechanics.  Her award is bestowed by the Division of Energy, Resources & the Environment for her contribution to understanding the mechanical and chemical effects of CO2 on rock materials in the context of geological sequestration of CO2.   


The General Assembly of the European Geosciences Union is one of the largest gatherings of geoscientists in Europe, bringing together people from all over the world in a meeting covering all disciplines in the Earth, Planetary and Space sciences. More information on the EGU-website.

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